If one uses collective nouns as suggested in the subject of this post, should they be followed up with 'are' or is?
Should I say "The staff is demanding a hike in pay" or should I say "The staff ARE demanding..."?
Similarly, should we say the flock is headed north or should we say "The flock are header north"?
I am slightly confused. Can somebody point me to the correct grammatical reasoning for making the right choice from the above please?
N.B: I searched thru the archive for Collective nouns and one of the posts seems to say that we must be using 'is', treating the group as a single entity. I want a confirmation of this and any related information the forum members can share.
The source is a small book on Sentence correction by an Indian author.